I keep coming up with replies to y'all but they all sound so cynical. The bottom line is everyone claims victory and that's a good thing. Everyone can feel good about winning. At the end of the day though nothing changes for good or bad. That's a good thing, I guess. We don't have to feel bad about screwing everything up. All in all I figure it comes out a wash.
Not really a waste of time but it is like kissing a girl through a veil. It's exciting in its way but nothing like the real thing.